A Bitter Legacy
Directed by: Claudia Katayanagi
Monday January 30
12:00pm - 2:00 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth St
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A Bitter Legacy takes a new look at the circumstances of internment for many Japanese Americans, specifically the several thousand that were deemed “troublemakers” in their camps (where they lived with families) and were subsequently isolated in high-security internment camps deep in the desert.
Claudia Katayanagi (director)
is a filmmaker with 30 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area film community. Working, watching and learning from so many award-winning directors, she has been applying those lessons to producing and directing films of her own in the last few years.
She has produced and directed four short films for the National Japanese American Historical Society on several Japanese American community leaders. Several of these films are being shown in the Building 640: Military Intelligence Service Museum under the auspices of the National Japanese American Historical Society.
In 2014, Claudia directed a 16-minute short for the Keiko Fukuda Judo Foundation, went to Punjab region in India where hundreds of young Indian women are learning judo as a means of defending themselves against rape and abuse. She is currently in the process of directing a film about two former Japanese American Military Intelligence Service men, Captain Frank Masuoka and T/3 Frank Higashi, with a focus on their wartime and post-war experience in Okinawa for the National Japanese American Historical Society.
Claudia is also producing and directing a documentary about the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), a non-profit organization founded forty years ago with the goal of building social change through architectural sites.
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